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Old 07-04-2011   #1
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Oars for AIRE 156D?

Looking for some advice on oar length. I just bought an AIRE 156D and took it out just recently with a set of 9 foot carlisles from my old boat, they weren't long enough. I need to buy new oars and am leaning toward cataracts with outfitter blades. I run a 64 inch wide NRS frame with 8 inch oar stands and row from a highback rowers seat on a seat bar. Oars are expensive so I'm trying to avoid a costly mistake. I still need to bring my oars in about an inch and a half so I would only be gaining about 4.5 inches on total oar length if I go for 9.5s. Should I go for 10 footers? What has been your experience with boats of this length. I live in the Northwest and will be spending most if my time on the Spokane, Alberton Gorge, St. Joe, and Salmon Rivers. Thanks a ton guys.

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Old 07-04-2011   #2
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I'd go with 10 footers.
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Old 07-04-2011   #3
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I have a 156D and use 10 foot cataracts with floating blades.
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Old 07-05-2011   #4
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I have a 156R with 10 foot Cataract SGX oars and the Cataract Magnum blades. They are the perfect length for my setup.
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Old 07-05-2011   #5
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I Have a 156R and I am like the guy above this
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